New Wheels Day!

In all the reviews I read in magazines or watch online, there is usually one common theme – upgrading stock wheels will make a huge difference to the overall performance of the bike.

My Hunt Bike Wheels order arrived this week and I was very excited….

I’m not the most confident of bike mechanics (I’ve often thought of doing a course in it but they aren’t very common) so I made a point of watching a few YouTube videos to help me, as well as ordering some new tools (which always makes me feel instantly more knowledgeable!). I knew that I had to complete the following:

  1. Move the disc brakes from the old wheels to the new
  2. Move the cassette from the old back wheel to the new

As a result of the above, the toolbox swelled with the purchase of a Shimano Cassette Lockring Tool, an X-Tools Chain Whip and a Lifeline Chain Keeper (which I had meant to purchase for a little while). I also thought it would be a bit of bad form to adorn a new set of wheels with a dirty old cassette so I ordered a new Shimano Ultegra R8000 11-28T Cassette!

Even with the new tools and the multiple views of the YouTube videos, I was still a little apprehensive of hooking up the new wheels mainly due to the transfer of the disc brakes and ensuring everything was secured properly. I needn’t have worried, save for a slight altercation with a rogue elastic spacer that prevented the cassette from moving freely (meaning the chain whip came in handy), the transfer of the disc brakes and the installation of the new cassette went very smoothly.

My Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc now sit on top a pair of Hunt 30 Carbon Aero Disc wheels and very nice they are too.

I maintain that one of the greatest noises in the world is the sound of a well made hub and freewheel and the Hunt wheels do not disappoint!

Ooh, that’s great isn’t it!

Well I would have gone for a ride to test them out but 1. it rained 2. my wife is ill so I had the kids to look after and 3. I’m ill too! Doubt I’ll get to test them out before we leave for Roubaix!

IAIN

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